NetFires, a joint venture between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, completed the first moving target test flight of the Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System’s (NLOS-LS) Precision Attack Missile (PAM).
The PAM missile, launched vertically from the NLOS-LS Container Launch Unit (CLU), used its onboard uncooled imaging infrared seeker to detect and track a moving T-72 tank traveling with other vehicles. The result was a direct hit at a range of nine kilometers.
“NLOS-LS is designed to defeat both stationary and moving targets. The demonstration of this capability is a significant milestone for the program,” said Scott Speet, executive vice president of NetFires LLC and Raytheon’s NLOS-LS program director.
“Previous guided test flights have succeeded in direct hits against stationary targets. Today’s test proved this weapon will provide the warfighter with platform-independent, networked fires with immediate and responsive precision against moving targets.”
During the test, the PAM missile joined the network with its onboard radio, operated as a node on the net throughout the flight and sent back a terminal target image to the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System.
“Not only is this another successful launch from the CLU and successful missile flight, this test measures the true capability of NLOS-LS as a networked weapon system,” said Anne Johnson, president of NetFires LLC and Lockheed Martin’s NLOS-LS program director. “This network capability will provide the Brigade Combat Teams with unparalleled beyond line-of-sight target lethality.”
NLOS-LS takes targeting information from the command and control center and sends it to the NLOS-LS CLU’s computer and communications system for initial missile targeting. The missile also takes the command and control center’s targeting information for in-flight updates.
“The ability of the PAM missile to defeat a moving target is a first for the US Army,” said Colonel Doug Dever, the US Army’s NLOS-LS project manager. “Once fielded, NLOS-LS is going to give soldiers in the Brigade Combat Teams and sailors on littoral combat ships the ability to precisely engage moving targets — a capability they’ve never had before.”